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Ex-Lankan govt denies coup attempt

The former Sri Lankan government on Monday denied allegations of a coup attempt to remain in power.

The new government had said that a special investigation would be launched into the alleged coup attempt by former president Mahinda Rajapaksa and former defence secretary Gotabaya Rajapaksa during the presidential election.

However, former external affairs minister G.L Peiris said that he was with the former president on election night and there was no attempt to grab power through a coup, Xinhua news agency reported.

He said that Rajapaksa had stepped down gracefully after losing the election and this was appreciated by even US Secretary of State John Kerry, who had telephoned the former president.

Rajapaksa lost the election by a slim margin to his former health minister and opposition candidate Maithripala Sirisena.

A spokesman for Sirisena, parliamentarian Mangala Samaraweera, had said that pressure had been exerted on the police and army to prevent Maithripala Sirisena from winning the election. However Samaraweera said that the police and the army had refused to comply and the nation was grateful that they ensured a peaceful and free and fair election.
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